Newsweek: Taliban Defector Says Bin Laden, Taliban Linked 'Like Head And
Says Al Qaeda Nerve Center In Disarray Since U.S. Air Strikes Began
NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Major Mohammad, an Afghan helicopter pilot who recently deserted after transporting foreign terrorists and ``holy warriors'' in and out of the Kandahar region, tells Newsweek in the October 29 issue (on newsstands Monday, October 22) that Osama bin Laden and the Taliban are linked ``like head and body, all riding around in black cars and not allowing anyone to talk to them.''
Mohammad, (not his real name), tells Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu, on assignment in Pakistan, that much has changed in the two week's of U.S. air strikes. Al Qaeda's nerve center in Afghanistan is in disarray, suggesting that if the terror network is to continue to be a threat, it may be up to its ``sleeper'' cells worldwide. And he says he believes morale is low among Al Qaeda's Taliban hosts. At least half of the 50 pilots and technicians in his unit have deserted....
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